You have never thought of your workplace as being particularly hazardous, but you know that hazards can be looming in even the safest atmospheres. The National Safety Council (NSC) released information about seven of the most common workplace safety hazards, and that list is something you should talk about with your colleagues and employer.
The seven common hazards include:
- Working at a height
- Messy offices, clutter and poor housekeeping
- Extension cords
- Improper tagout/lockout procedures
- Confined spaces
- Chemical use
Fortunately, you can be safe around all of these hazards. If you have to work at a height, you can wear the correct personal protective equipment and fall prevention gear. If you work in an office, you can make sure that your office is clean and that your hallways are clear of clutter. That includes picking up extension cords or placing them in a way that does not create a tripping hazard.
Those who drive forklifts should be well-trained, and any machinery should have appropriate lockout procedures in place. If you have machinery in confined spaces, that machinery should regularly be checked to prevent fires or explosions.
Finally, if you have to work with chemicals of any kind, you may want to wear a mask or move to an open area with good ventilation. You should also be trained on what to do if the chemicals come into contact with your skin.
Our website has more on workplace safety and why it is so important to be safe on the job. Safety has to come first, so everyone can have a great workday with minimal risk to themselves or others.